Trust through shared understanding

As society grew bigger trust and truth needed a different means of spreading. A group of 150 people just isn’t big enough. Arguably what happened next was ‘mental evolution’ , using our ability to imagine and share stories to build trust.

Countries are a good example – we all feel we belong to a country, don’t we?┬áBut what is that? If we lived in a part of the world where boundaries are drawn and redrawn all too often, how do we deal with the imaginary concept of country. Evidence shows we don’t – we move back to alignment of much smaller groups where the trust is greater.

And what about money. That is entirely imaginary. It is centuries since money had the real value of goods. it has been representative as a currency for as long as most societies have a history. Nowadays not even the representatives notes and coins exist – we tap a card and someone who has worked hard making something gives us their work, trusting that the tap will have paid them and they can then tap again to buy what they need. What trust. And what happens when that trust breaks? We start to turn against experts, the bankers, authority and we turn again to the close group of friends. And with those friends, we interpret the world trusting things that seem ‘right to us’. We are ready to read fake news in a post truth world.